After pushing for tighter restrictions of prescribed narcotics and attempting to block a "super painkiller" ten times more powerful than Vicoden, Senator Chuck Schumer wants to allocate $140 million in federal funding towards developing a test that would catch drivers who are under the influence of drugs. "If people next year knew they'd be tested for drugged driving just like they are tested for drunk driving, it might deter them from doing it to begin with and save lives," Schumer told the AP.

More people die in the United States from drug-related causes than traffic fatalities, and prescription narcotics are largely responsible for the upswing, and arrests in New York state for drugged driving are up by 35% in the past decade. There are no devices that can test a driver's drug toxicity on the road, and Schumer suggests developing "saliva swab tests" that will do just that.

While the drugs that are fueling the increase across the country are available at your local pharmacy, the drug that does virtually no bodily harm to its users is prohibited by federal law.